We at Homespun are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and Homespun instructor, Stacy Phillips, on Tuesday, June 5. He suffered a heart attack after playing a gig near Hartford, CT and died in a nearby hospital.
Stacy was a popular and near-ubiquitous figure on the Northern bluegrass scene for decades, playing in numerous bands, doing session work, teaching and writing instruction books. Through the years, he had played and recorded with many musicians familiar to Homespun customers: Kenny Kosek, Tony Trischka, Andy Statman and Jerry Douglas, among others. He was adept at bluegrass, klezmer, Irish, Hawaiian and old-time musical styles, and most recently was in a group called The Afro-Semitic Experience, in which African-American and Jewish musicians play updated versions of gospel and Jewish liturgical songs.
We are proud to have Stacy's fiddle and Dobro lessons in our Homespun catalog. His many contributions to music and musical tuition will live on, but he will be sorely missed.